Florida Panthers prospect Josh Brown and the Oshawa Generals defeated the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets in the Memorial Cup Final by a score of 2-1 in overtime to win their fifth Memorial Cup title and first since 1990.
The Oshawa Generals went a perfect 3-0 in the round-robin series of the Memorial Cup and went straight to the title game which was played earlier Sunday night. Oshawa most recently beat Kelowna in their 3rd game of the round-robin last Tuesday, while the Rockets entered the game having routing the Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Friday night. Oshawa has made it to the Memorial Cup Finals eleven times and now have the most Memorial Cup titles in Canadian Hockey League history with 5.
Kelowna opened the scoring with just under five minutes left in the 1st period after Capitals prospect Madison Bowey shot the puck off the end boards and Tomas Soustal put in the rebound. Anthony Cirelli tied it up for the Generals with about six minutes left in the 2nd period after they failed to convert on two straight powerplays. A goal by Hunter Smith of the Generals in 3rd was reviewed and disallowed after it was determined he made contact with the puck above the crossbar of the net. Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal (his 2nd goal of the game) a minute and a half into the first overtime. Josh Brown ended the night with 1 assist which came on the Anthony Cirelli tying goal in the 2nd period.
Josh Brown, the Panthers’ 6th round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and captain of the Oshawa Generals, finished the Memorial Cup tournament with one point in 4 games played and a +1 rating, however he is known for his contributions defensively than offensively. With four seasons of junior hockey now under his belt, Brown will most likely join the Portland Pirates this coming season having already signed an entry-level contract with the Panthers in early April. The 6’4″, 216 pound defenseman 53 points in 230 career OHL games as well as a +64 rating and 303 penalty minutes.